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A letter to parents/guardians from Commandant Air Cadets
24 March 2020
Message from Commandant Air Cadets
Due to the developing situation with COVID-19, and the recent announcement by the Prime Minister to effectively lock down all non-essential movement, the RAF Air Cadets has decided to cancel all face-to face air cadet and staff events currently planned to take place between now and 31 Aug 20. This aligns with Government direction to restrict non-essential activity.
The decision, whilst regrettable, has been taken to prevent false hopes and expectations, avoid nugatory work and the possible loss of irrecoverable costs. It also enables all staff and adult volunteers to focus on delivering the best alternative cadet experience they can until normal operations resume. Much work is on-going to design and deliver bespoke on-line training material and all members of RAFAC are encouraged to share best practice via their dedicated Training Officers at Wing and Regional level.
A decision to recommence face-to-face activity from September onwards will be made in light of emerging Government guidance nearer the time but, for now, plans for events and activities from September 20 can continue but all staff should be prepared to change plans if the situation demands it.
For the interim, all staff, volunteers and cadets are advised to continue to follow all Government advice with regard to protecting themselves and others from the virus and helping to slow the spread of the pandemic. To that end, working from home is the default for all RAFAC personnel and no staff or volunteers are to visit RAFAC facilities to conduct building checks or undertake RAFAC duties since these journeys are not essential.
Any questions about the impact of this announcement are to be directed in the first instance to your chain of command who stand by to advise and support colleagues as much as possible. Please remember that our senior staffs are human, too, some are self-isolating, most are working from home, and everyone is facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Be kind to each other and we will all do our best to answer your questions and continue to engage to the best of our ability.
Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty
20 March 2020
In response to COVID-19 and to keep all RAFAC cadets and adult volunteers safe -
- All RAFAC face-to-face activity is suspended until the end of May;
- RAFAC Command Board is now looking at June and July with potential to continue planning some events but expect most to be cancelled.
Below is a representative but not exhaustive list of activity that has been or is being cancelled;
- Current Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course with all remaining students to graduate as though they had completed the course
- Current Junior Leaders’ Course with all remaining students to graduate as though they had completed the course
- Easter Camps
- RAFAC Awards Ceremony 17 May
- Permanent staff conference 19-20 May
- 2020 International Air Cadet Exchange programme both outbound and inbound
- All overseas trips
- All Adult Training Flight courses until end May
- All RAFAC Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre selections
- Air Cadet Air Experience Flying
- Air Cadet gliding until end of May
- Tayside Aviation Flying Scholarships
- All Air Cadet Road Marching up to and including Nijmegen 2020
- Royal International Air Tattoo
Under Active consideration
Summer camps – Some RAF stations have cancelled already, expect wide cancellation
Volunteer Support to communities
We are aware that volunteers may be asked to participate in local social action to support their local community. There is no obligation to do this and such activity is not covered by MoD indemnity. Individuals taking part do so at their own risk, are not to wear uniform and do so as responsible citizens rather than members of RAFAC.
This message site will be updated regularly so please monitor and stay safe
19 March 2020
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, recorded a video message thanking the Royal Air Force for their hard work in these difficult times and for the support of families and loved ones. He expresses his pride in the Royal Air Force's support to the Nation at times like this.
It has been released on the Chief’s Twitter and RAF social media channels.
17 March 2020
In line with the latest Government guidelines and to protect the health of our air cadets and adult volunteers, all air cadet face-to-face activity was suspended as of 17th March 16:00 hrs until further notice.
Please direct any questions you may have through your command chain.
Further updates will be issued in due course.
RAFAC Overseas travel
All RAFAC overseas visits must be cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.
The International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) Executive Committee has cancelled IACE 2020.
We cannot predict how long the ban on cadet overseas trips will last but for planning purposes it would be prudent to assume that it will be in place until the new school year in September 2020.
HQ RAF Air Cadets (RAFAC) is monitoring and staying up-to-date with UK Government and Public Health England guidance and is following their advice as the situation develops.
For the most up-to-date information on the signs and symptoms of coronavirus, how to reduce your risk of catching it and what to do if you feel unwell, see this Public Health England poster for places of education.
Royal Air Force Website
The RAF website now has a dedicated COVID-19 page, which will host the latest updated Govt guidance, as well as supporting information for the RAF Whole Force and wider RAF Family.
RAF Website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/coronavirus/
Samaritans www.samaritans.org or telephone 116 123
NHS https://www.nhs.uk/ or 111
Every Mind Matters www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
The RAF Benevolent Fund has a support programme including a listening and counselling service is available through - 0300 102 1919 or www.rafbf.org
RAF Association (RAFA) - www.rafa.org.uk
SSAFA - www.ssafa.org.uk